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Some Thoughts about Selling at Startups

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If you haven’t read Adam Lashinsky’s awesome new book about Apple , you should. My guess is that we are likely in total agreement.

Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?

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Using my StartupRoar as a radar, I came across a great post by Gabriel Weinberg Do you really need a full-time hire for that? Far from it.

Tracky Launch Event and Those In Support of #VegasTech

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For those who may think Las Vegas is just the home of Zappos, Conferences, and day/night entertainment, well you are right. Sarah Evans  PR.

Mogreet Gets $4.1M More

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Los Angeles-based Mogreet , the provider of mobile video marketing services which is run by James Citron, said this morning that it has raised $4.1M in a strategic investment round. The round was led by Black Diamond Ventures, and also included DFJ Frontier, Ascend Ventures, Bryant Park Ventures and Draper Associates. READ MORE>>.

Hands-on Techniques To Avoid Hiring Wantrepreneurs

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Note: This is Part IV in the Startup Team Building series. Read Part I HERE , Part II HERE and Part III HERE. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

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Think ahead, if you will need more money later.

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Some businesses just can’t fit within the angel capital or friends and family model for raising funds.  Sooner or later these businesses will have to seek venture capital and accommodate the needs of the venture community in negotiating the terms of an investment. Email readers, continue here.]  Protecting the business Raising money

DreamHost(ed) IT Open-House for LA

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 -- DreamHost(ed) IT Open-House for LA. On April 12th, in what will hopefully not be the last year of Earth, DreamHost will host (go figure) a job fair for IT professionals here in LA. Weve managed to get a handful of really awesome companies to join in on the event including AOL, Edgecast, Evite, Hulu and Oversee.net.

Interview with Michael Schneider, Mobile Roadie

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Actually, no thanks to Santa Monica-based Mobile Roadie. We sat down with Michael to hear more about his company. Describe what Mobile Roadie does?

Spaceport America Gets Runway Extension For Virgin Galactic

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Virgin Galactic apparently determined, through test flights and simulations, that it needed more room for landings at the site. READ MORE>>.

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Surf Air Launches Startup Airline Out Of Muckerlab

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Tired of being herded like cattle on your regular trip between Los Angeles and Palo Alto? The startup--headed by Wade Eyerly --is looking to start regular service between Los Angeles, Moterey, Santa Barbara, and Palo Alto to subscribers, who will be able to fly as much as they want between the locations for a monthly subscription. READ MORE>>.

Couponler Launches Small Business Coupon Site

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Are you a small business looking to help drum up some business? Los Angeles-based Couponler , a new website launched this week, is hoping to make it easier for small businesses to create online, printable-coupons, and share them via Facebook, Twitter, or a website. The new site was created by Baron Miller, Ian Kilpatrick, and Jason Eastwood.

Ayannah Gets Funding For Mobile Payments

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Laguna Hills-based Ayannah , a developer of mobile payment products for emerging markets, has scored a round of funding, according to investor Siemer Ventures. Size of the round, and details of other investors, was not announced. READ MORE>>. ayannah venture capital mobile payment finance

GraphEffect Takes On Twitter Ads

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Los Angeles-based GraphEffect said Tuesday that it has launched a new product which will allow brands to run advertising campaigns on Twitter. The firm said its new AudienceBoost product, which is being tested by American Express and Digitas, helps brands to make the most of their Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts. READ MORE>>.

Epicor Acquires Auto Parts Software Firm

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Epicor Software , the developer of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software which has major operations in Irvine, said Thursday that it has acquired Internet AutoParts (IAP), a developer of business-to-business e-commerce software for the automotive replacements parts distribution market. READ MORE>>.

Ranker Finds More Funding

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Los Angeles-based Ranker , the online rankings website where consumers can rank anything they like, has scored a new round of funding, in an inside round. Size of the round was not disclosed. READ MORE>>. ranker venture capital funding ranking list consumer content

Microsoft's Xbox-using, Dancing Senior Citizens In LA

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Microsoft said it has tied with the city, along with Partners in Care Foundation and St. The video shows groups of seniors at the St. READ MORE>>.

textPlus Launches Android App In Canada

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Marina Del Rey-based free text messaging app developer textPlus , said yesterday that it has launched its app on Android, in Canada, offering up free texting for users of mobile phones in that country. textPlus said the addition of Canada marks the beginning of an international expansion for the app. READ MORE>>.

WittleBee Raises $2.5M For Children's Clothing Subscriptions

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Los Angeles-based WittleBee , the children's clothing site headed by Sean Percival, announced Wednesday afternoon that it has raised $2.5M in a seed funding round. The round was led by Rincon Ventures, and also included. SoftTech, Google Ventures, Matt Coffin, CrossLink, and Morado. READ MORE>>.

Boingo Signs Wi-Fi Deal With Denver International Airport

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SpiritClips Acquired By Hallmark

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Los Angeles-based SpiritClips , an online video service and short film producer, has been acquired by greeting cards firm Hallmark. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The startup was founded by Rob Fried, who will remain as CEO of the ocmpany. READ MORE>>. spiritclips hallmark content hollywood greeting cards merger acquisition

Make It Work Swizzles Pricing

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Santa Barbara-based Make It Work , the on site technical support and computer repair service headed by Eric Greenspan, said Monday that it has switched its services to a new fixed-price, per-service model. The firm also will offer specific service add-ons like application installs and other help at $35. READ MORE>>.

Ceph Names VP

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Los Angeles-based Ceph , the developer of an open source, scalable distributed storage system which is in the midst of spinning out from Los Angeles hosting firm DreamHost, said today that it has named Ross Turk as Vice President, Community. Ceph was originally created by DreamHost co-founder Sage Weil for his doctoral dissertation at UC Santa Cruz.

CapLinked Enhances Search Tools

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Manhattan Beach-based CapLinked said this morning that it has enhanced its online service for helping startups to manage their fundraising efforts, with a new tool to help find people. The firm said the new tool is aimed at helping users find investors, broker-dealers, or companies. READ MORE>>.

Yet Another LA Incubator Opens: Io/LA

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If the Los Angeles accelerator/incubator market is not yet crowded enough, Hollywood-based io/LA opened its doors over the weekend, looking to recruit a class of five to six companies in a three month mentorship program. Io/LA is an offshoot of an incubator in San Francisco. READ MORE>>.

Hunger Games Pushes Surge In Sales For Fandango

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The company reports that it sold around 23 percent of its total tickets via mobile in the quarter. READ MORE>>.

NewEgg Launches Data Recovery Plans

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Newegg said it will offer the plans with the purchase of hard drive sand notebooks. READ MORE>>. newegg data recovery drivesavers storage

Illumina Rejects Latest Roche Offer

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Roche had upped its offer for Illumina to $51.00 last week, up from an earlier, $44.50 per share bid from the company. billion. READ MORE>>.

Report: Fisker Automotive Boosts Fundraising Plans By $200M More

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The report game from GigaOm, which untangled the pile of regulatory filings issued by Fisker Automotive. READ MORE>>.

Nexsan Pulls IPO

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Nexsan, which had filed for an IPO in April of 2008, cited "unfavorable market conditions" for the withdrawal. READ MORE>>.

HipSwap Reveals Funding From Greycroft, Founders Fund

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Los Angeles-based HipSwap , the online, fashion focused marketplace which launched earlier in March, has revealed that it has raised $1.1M in a seed funding round from the Founders Fund and Greycroft Partners. HipSwap is headed by Rob Kramer. It's unclear when the funding was raised by the company. READ MORE>>.

USC Entertainment Technology Center Names CEO

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The University of Southern California's Entertainment Technology Center , which is part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, said this week that it has named a new CEO. The center--which promotes and runs projects between the entertainment and technology industry--said it has appointed Kenneth S. READ MORE>>.

BlackLine In Alliance With KPMG

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Los Angeles-based BlackLine Systems , the developer of financial close software headed by Therese Tucker, has signed a major deal with accounting and auditing firm KPMG , the company reported this morning. According to BlackLine, it is in an alliance with KPMG, which will bring sits software and professional services to clients. READ MORE>>.

Xencor Gets License Payment From Boehringer Ingelheim

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Monrovia-based Xencor , the developer of antibody technology which is headed by Dr. Bassil Dahiyat, said today that it has received a second, milestone payment from Boehringer Ingelheim. Financial details and amount of the payment were not disclosed. READ MORE>>. xencor boehringer ingelheim biotech lifescience antibody

Green Dot Completes Loopt Buy

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Monrovia-based Green Dot , the provider of prepaid debit card products, reports today that it has completed its acquisition of Mountain View-based mobile social networking developer Loopt. The deal was worth approximately $43M in cash. Green Dot had announced the acquisition in March. READ MORE>>.